IRVINE, Calif. — The average cost of a vehicle repair in the U.S., including parts and labor, rose 2.7 percent in 2016 from 2015 to $398, according to CarMD.com Corp.'s 2017 Vehicle Health Index.
The rise comes after two years when the average cost remained flat.
The lift included increases of 4.7 percent in labor costs and 1.4 percent in average parts costs. Kristin Brocoff, a spokeswoman for CarMD, said the cost tends to fluctuate as CarMD factors in what types of repairs are done — which in turn often reflects how well drivers take care of their vehicle.
Irvine-based CarMD, a software provider that delivers vehicle health and maintenance information, tracked about 5.3 million vehicle repairs reported in 2016 for its annual Vehicle Health Index.
The report focuses especially on check-engine-light-related repairs and found that the most common ones in 2016 were for the oxygen sensor, followed by the catalytic converter, ignition coils and spark plugs, loose or damaged gas cap and mass air flow sensor.
The average price U.S. vehicle owners paid for the fixes varied slightly region by region, the study shows.
In the Midwest, drivers paid the least for check-engine-light-related repairs at an average $385. However, the region also had the biggest spike in year-over-year repair costs, up 5.7 percent from $365 in 2015.